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Feb 10, 2007


YES, THEY'VE GOT MILK Panda cubs drink milk at the Giant Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu, China. A baby boom has pushed up the number of pandas bred in captivity in China to 217, state media said. Some 34 pandas were born by artificial insemination in 2006. (Photo cutline)


OBAMA ANNOUNCES Illinois Sen. Barack Obama formally announced his presidential candidacy in Springfield, Ill. The freshman Democrat called for an end to the war in Iraq and what he called "the smallness of our politics" that perpetuates so many of the problems the nation faces. A7

LOBBYISTS STILL PAY New rules in Congress prohibit lobbyists from treating lawmakers to meals, trips, or the discounted use of private jets. Now, however, instead of picking up the tab directly, lobbyists pay a fundraising committee and, in turn, the committee pays the lawmaker's way. A6



PETRAEUS TAKES CHARGE Gen. David Petraeus took charge of U.S. forces in Iraq, declaring the American task now was to help Iraqis "gain the time they need to save their country." A10

PUTIN CRITICIZES U.S. Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the United States for acting in a unilateral, militaristic fashion. He said Washington had overstepped its role and made the world a more dangerous place than during the Cold War. A15

KOREAN TALKS HIT SNAG A last-minute snag dampened hopes at six- nation talks in Beijing for a landmark deal aimed at locking North Korea into steps toward nuclear disarmament. North Korea held out for more detailed commitments from its neighbors on assistance, sending talks into a fourth day. A20



MISSING TEEN RETURNS The Chesterfield County teen missing since Wednesday returned home unharmed Friday night. B2

CHESTERFIELD POLITICS State Sen. Stephen H. Martin's recent comments about two Chesterfield County government issues led to accusations of meddling with Republican Party issues, and while he says it is part of his duty as an elected official, others see signs of problems within the county's GOP. B1


CRITICISM FOR DNA DATABANK Critics are upset that genetic profiles wound up in the state's DNA databank when they shouldn't have, and they're upset at Virginia's proposal to correct the error. B1

AMERICA'S FUTURE U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., told an audience at the College of William and Mary that America will be safe only if the world trusts the nation's purpose as well as its military power. Hagel, who has said he's considering a run for president, was the keynote speaker at W&M's annual Charter Day ceremony. B2

ART EXHIBIT The College of William and Mary's Muscarelle Museum has opened a show centered on the works of Jaune Quick-To-See Smith. The exhibit provides an American Indian perspective that ties in with Jamestown's 400th anniversary. B4


MARTIN AGENCY ON A ROLL The Shockoe Slip advertising firm snared the creative and strategic pieces of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s $570 million account. And Adweek recently recognized two of Martin's television campaigns for auto insurer GEICO as the second-best in 2006. E1


HOKIES WHIP CAVALIERS Virginia Tech handed rival Virginia an 84- 57 setback. C1

MONARCHS UPEND RAMS Strong rebounding helped Old Dominion beat VCU 79-63. C1

WVU TOPPLES UCLA West Virginia downed the second-ranked Bruins 70- 65. C8

EDITORIAL PAGE: How do real estate assessments affect central Virginia? F2


MEMO: A head start on the headlines in today's Times-Dispatch

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